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# Pronoun problem

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Manager
Joined: 28 Jan 2004
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25 May 2009, 20:52
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Wrong - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell she wasn't smiling.
Right - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell Samantha wasn't smiling.

My problem is why we need to mention Samatha in place of pronoun 'she'. In this sentence 'she' is clearly referring to samantha.Can someone pls. explain? Thx.
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Joined: 01 May 2009
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25 May 2009, 21:32
This is very clearly explained in the MGMAT SC guide

Samantha's - is a possesive noun
She - is a possesive pronoun

The rule says: Subject and Object pronouns may not refer back to possesive nouns.
They can only refer back to Subject and object Nouns

Here Samantha's is a possesive noun, so we cannot use 'she' as the pronoun. It is better to use Samantha again to make it clear.
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Joined: 23 May 2008
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26 May 2009, 00:19
mdfrahim wrote:
Wrong - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell she wasn't smiling.
Right - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell Samantha wasn't smiling.

My problem is why we need to mention Samatha in place of pronoun 'she'. In this sentence 'she' is clearly referring to samantha.Can someone pls. explain? Thx.

its wrong because "she" cant refer to "samantha's face"
Re: Pronoun problem   [#permalink] 26 May 2009, 00:19
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